In Hong Kong for example the prices of rents have skyrocketed in the current years. There, if you make less than 2000 USD/month you are considered really poor and you can even get help from the government on this basis.
While 2000 USD are not even enough for basic needs in Hong Kong, somewhere in Romania’s countryside 150 USD per month (a somewhat normal pension) is enough to feed a family and live to see the next paycheck.
The same can be said about many places like Tokyo, New York etc, etc compared to even places from the same country and this is a real source of problems in the world. Why this happens ? Because of the disproportional investments (use of resources) made by a country inside their border and also compared with other countries too. As a first response governments find bad solutions like for example building public services like food canteens where the food is cheaper. The money spent for subsidizing food in this particular case are money wasted as, due to the new cheap canteen prices of rent in the neighborhood will increase resulting in the offset of the benefits. Who is benefiting from this ? Simple: rich people that own proprieties in that area.
There should be one simple principle that all natural resources belong to the people (in fact this already is but in reality are just words) (oil, gas, gold, wood, everything that is derived directly from the land, including the land mass – for building purposes) and must be shared equally between the people as a ‘result’ of their work. So there are 3 million people in a region each of them must be ‘allowed to consume’ their share of existing resources. If a company wants to use more resources for it’s business this must be taken into account by calculating how many people they employ and what is those people share of public resources that they can use. If they want to use more they must pay a premium much like the system for ‘Green Certificates’ works. Employment must mean that the person employed has enough benefits from the employment so he can live a decent life. If it works only 4 hours per day then it must mean that the company only can benefit from 50% or less of the ‘free resources’ quota assigned to that person from the total available resources of the region/country.
So the system should settle the available resources assigned to an individual and the resources cost for that region.
This is the only way we can correctly distribute the usage of resources and create a sustainable resource management.
An simple example:
i have a quota of:
– 10 liters of petrol
– 2 kilos of salt
– 4 kilos of meat
I choose to buy 5 liters of gasoline to power my car and eat 4 kilos of meat so i still have available 5 liters of petrol and 2 kilos of salt. If a company employs me that this company will be entitled to ‘use’ 5 kilo of petrol that i did not used and the 2 kilos of salt. Of course the company is an IT company so they don’t require petrol or salt so they can swap their ‘quota certificates’ with others to get a higher quota of electricity to power their computers and so on. This is also valid in the case of people employed by governments as they do function as companies.
Upon this structure we then can see that people can choose to move to a region with better resources to their quota is higher but of course if too many people move there the quota will diminish so in reality this will create a self sustaining long term system that will ensure better life for everyone while ensuring the resources are used in a correct, fair and future safe way. This is the only possible way of a correct income/resources distribution that really means the resources of a country really belong to it’s people.
The only obstacle of such a system is the free movement of persons between borders but as a starting point it can be easily implemented in Europe for example and assure sustainability and fairness between Europeans.
This is a rough DRAFT but i hope it can be understood at least in principle by some of you that care.